- The 33-year-old was targeted on Clarence Street in Leicester city centre
- CCTV shows assailant dressed all in black brandish a knife then chase her
- The terrified woman threw her handbag at thug in desperate bid to escape
Terrifying footage shows a woman hurl her handbag at an armed thug chasing her with a knife.
The 33-year-old was targeted on Clarence Street in Leicester city centre as she walked to work at 5.20am on May 8.
CCTV shows the menacing assailant dressed all in black brandish a knife then run after her down the street.
She throws her handbag at him in a desperate attempt to get away.
Seconds earlier the thug can be seen crossing the street towards the woman as his accomplice waits nearby.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, told the Leicester Mercury she tried to avoid the pair but one approached her menacingly.
‘He put his hand in his pocket and said “Let’s make this easy. Give me your bag”‘ she said.
‘He had a small kitchen knife. It wasn’t very big but it was the kind of thing he could easily keep in his pocket.
‘I screamed and turned to run and he started chasing me. I thought “this isn’t worth it” and threw my bag at him and kept running.’
Traumatised by the horrific encounter, the woman took a few days off work to recover.
The thug jogs across the street just before brandishing a knife in Leicester City Centre
The 33-year-old victim turns around and starts to run away as the assailant chases her
The thug catches up with woman seconds before she throws her handbag. The accomplice watches from across the street (right)
The thug rifles through the woman’s handbag as his accomplice joins him from across the street
Leicestershire Police said in a statement: ‘The suspects threatened the victim with a knife before stealing her handbag.
‘The victim ran away and wasn’t hurt during the incident.
‘Officers would like to speak to anyone who recognises the people in the footage or have any suspicions about their identity.’
If you have any information call PC Des Bausor on 101.
The two assailants on CCTV. Anyone with information should contact PC Des Bausor on 101